California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
ARCHIE MILTON ROBERTS. — A member of that class of workers whose practical education, ready perception and great capacity for painstaking industry have advanced them to positions of agricultural and business substantiality formerly occupied only by men many years their seniors. Archie Milton Roberts, while representing the vigorous and resourceful present of the Pacific Coast, gives promise of participating in its more enlightened future, more especially of Highland, where he is the owner of a large and productive alfalfa and potato ranch.
Mr. Roberts was born. July 3, 1882, in San Timoteo Canon, California, the youngest son of Berry and Frances (Thomas) Roberts. Berry Roberts was born in Conway County, Arkansas, September 18, 1836, the youngest of the children of Jesse and Mary (Aplin) Roberts. He was still an infant when his father died, and at the age of fifteen years started across the plains with his mother and others, driving four yoke of oxen. The party started April 10, 1852, and arrived at their destination in Mariposa County, California, October 1 of that year. His mother, a native of Tennessee, later went to Texas, where her death occurred. Berry Roberts began his California career as a miner, but after five years of this work moved to San Bernardino County and took up ranching, in December, 1857, taking up cattle raising in the San Timoteo Canon of Riverside County. He was one of the men to introduce fine live stock in this section, and was one of the first breeders of such stock in the state. He sarted life in a new country, without means, when money was scarce, but through persistence and capable effort made a success of his ventures, and at the time of his death, which occurred at Redlands, at the home of his son, William M. Roberts, he was possessed of a good ranch and of the respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens. In Mariposa County, California, Berry Roberts married Miss Frances Thomas, a native of Missouri, and they became the parents of twelve children: William M., Ozrow, Mary, Ella, Emma Beach, Nettie, Berry Lee, Sterling, Ida, Early, Archie Milton and Edward.
Archie Milton Roberts was educated at the El Caseo school and all his early training was along the line of ranching. During his father's later years, with his brothers Sterling and Early, and his sister Ida, he managed the elder man's property, and Archie M. Roberts continued' to be so engaged until his own marriage, at which time he set up housekeeping for himself. He married December 20, 1906, Miss Marie Charles, and at that time purchased six acres of land at Colton. This he later sold and bought ten acres on South Waterman Street, and within one year's time disposed of this property at a satisfying advance. In 1914 he bought his present home of twenty acres at the corner of City Creek Road and Pepper Avenue, Highland, and to this has since added an additional twenty acres. His forty-acre tract is now improved in the most modern style. He has a complete irrigating system, having sunk six wells, to which are attached pipe lines, his home is of the most modern architecture, and his ranch throughout is equipped in the most complete style. Mr. Roberts is engaged in general farming, his special f crops being alfalfa and potatoes, which he grows in commercial quantities. His success has been won through enterprise and industry, coupled with a natural ability and capacity for good management. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Native Sons and has a number of social, business and civic connections that bring him into close and constant touch with the life of the community.
Mrs. Roberts was born March 1, 1879, at Havre, France, a daughter of William and Mary Charles, whom she accompanied to the United States when five years of age. She has one brother, Julius. Mr. Charles, who was a member of the police force in his native land for fourteen years, first settled at Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he followed manufacturing for four years, as he did also for a time at South Bend, Indiana. In 1889 he came to Cucamonga, California, where he engaged in ranching, and finally purchased a ranch on City Creek Road, which is now owned by his son. He passed away on this property December 9, 1915, his wife having died at San Bernardino in 1902. Mrs. Roberts is a woman of intelligence and numerous gifts and graces, as well as a high school graduate and a graduate of the Longmire Business College of San Bernardino, this state. She and her husband are the parents of three children: Milton, born November 3, 1907; Myrtle, born February 27, 1909; and Francis, born December 18, 1912. The children are all being given excellent educational advantages.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011